Dexter star says revival will make up for "dissatisfying" finale

Justin Harp
·2-min read

From Digital Spy

Dexter's original series finale spoilers follow.

Dexter star Michael C Hall is addressing the backlash to the show's ending just as he begins working on bringing the series back.

It was announced late last year that Hall would reunite with original executive producer Clyde Phillips for ten new episodes, picking up eight years after the serial killer thriller ended.

Very few were satisfied with how Dexter's first run finished, with the title character faking his own death so he could live a normal life working for a lumber company in the Pacific Northwest of the US.

Photo credit: 2013 Showtime Networks Inc
Photo credit: 2013 Showtime Networks Inc

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In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Hall acknowledged fans have continued to find the original finale "extremely dissatisfying".

Addressing the controversial decision to revive the series, Hall explained: "It's a conversation that's been ongoing, and different possibilities have emerged over the years. I think in this case, the story that's being told is worth telling in a way that other proposals didn't, and I think enough time has passed where it's become intriguing in a way that it wasn't before.

"And let's be real: people found the way that show left things pretty unsatisfying, and there's always been a hope that a story would emerge that would be worth telling. I include myself in the group of people that wondered, 'What the hell happened to that guy?' So I'm excited to step back into it. I've never had that experience of playing a character this many years on."

Photo credit: Lime Pictures
Photo credit: Lime Pictures

Hall also candidly spoke about fans' hostile reaction to the finale's denouement of Dexter revealing that he'd faked his own death.

"A criticism that speaks to someone's experience is warranted," he said. "I certainly thought it was justifiable for Dexter to do what he did. I think some of the criticisms were about that, and some of the criticisms weren't so much about the 'what' as they were about the 'how', and those were valid too.

"We certainly do live in an era where the bar is very high as far as the simultaneous surprise, satisfaction, and closure that should go along with a series finale."

The new Dexter is expected to premiere later this year on Showtime in the US.

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